Ski Touring Patagonian Volcanos, Chile-Argentinaoffered by supplier M21049 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding Volcano Tours
Season: August - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5032 Swiss Franc (CHF)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6751 Swiss Franc (CHF)
Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche Argentina or in Temuco Chile airport and ends in either of both, depending on the itinerary you choose. We can offer a round trip or also a point to point trip. Bariloche is situated in the northern part of Argentina’s Patagonia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are great ski touring options around the so called “Switzerland of south America” in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning.
After the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south” where we ski volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin we cross the boarder into Argentinas lake basin. We choose those volcanos and mountains with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 volcanos to choose from). To relax between the tours, we take you to some of the worlds best hot springs in hidden valleys and eat great seafood as well as Argentine beef. Come join us on this exotic skiing adventure!
Day 1: Meet at Temuco airport – drive to Malalcahuello
Your IFMGA – mountain guide picks you up at the airport and drives you to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay. Night in Hotel Malalcahuello.
Day 2: Skitour volcon Lonquimay 2865m
Our first volcano, Lonquimay is surrounded by very old Araucaria trees and is perfect for a start into the Volcano-tour. + 1365m Night in Hotel in Malalcahuello
Day 3: Skitour volcano Llaima 3125m
Llaima is one of the biggest volcanos in this area and stands in the Conguillio National park. It’s name means “the reawakened” in Mapuche language, the language of the local people. +1325m Night in Hotel Malalcahuello.
Day 4: Travel to Pucon and hot springs „Los Pozones“
We use this day to relax and reload our batteries. The Pozones hot springs is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy nature. Pucon is one of Chiles favorite outdoor destination, a small vibrant town on the foot of Villarica vulcano. We spend the evening and night here. Night in Hotel in Pucon. Drive: 160km
Day 5: Skitour volcano Villarica 2847m
A short drive up into the Villarica national park. Today we will climb the 2847m high volcano Villarica. The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling Magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35° back down to the car. +1450m Night in Hotel Pucon.
Day 6: Lanin bivouac (shelter) 2400m
A strato volcano on the boarder with Argentina and Chile that forms part of two national parks, Lanin and Villarica. It lies at the Atlantic-Pacific water device and is one of our favorite to ski on. Today we skin up to a shelter that overlooks both Chile and Argentina. The shelter is very simple but offers the perfect option to spend a night on the mountain. +1300m Night at bivouac Lanin.
Day 7: Skitour volcano Lanin 3776m
We ski up to the top of Lanin and enjoy a long downhill back to the car. Drive back to Pucon. +1370m Night in Pucon.
Day 8: Hidden Hot Sprigs in the woods – Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve
A magical relax day! This natural hot springs have an idyllic setting between the mountains. There are several pools with varying temperature for personal selection. The setting is very natural and quiet. After soaking our muscles we continue the drive into the Huilo Huilo natural reserve where we can discover the Valdivian rainforest. Night in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve
Day 9: Skitour volcano Choshuenco 2300m, travel south Llanquihue lake
The Mocho-Choshuenco volcano lies directly behind our Hotel, we cross the Huilo Huilo river with it’s clear blue water and skin up trough the rain forest to the top of this twin volcano. After the tour we drive down south into Chiles Lake District and to the beautiful Llanquihue. +1000m Night in Puerto Varas.
Day 10: Skitour volcano Osorno 2650m – Antillanca hot springs
Maybe the most perfect conical shaped volcano on the tour. We reach it after a short drive around Llanquihue lake, Chiles biggest sweet water lake. From the top we will be able to overlook the whole lake basin and all the way to the Fjords near Puerto Montt. A short drive brings us to Antillanca and it’s hot springs near the Argentine boarder. +1300m Night in Antillanca
Day 11: Volcano Casablanca 2050m, Travel to Bariloche, Argentina
Casablanca or the whit house is our last volcano in Chile. Easy to reach from the Antillanca ski area. In the afternoon we drive over the Samore pass and the boarder line into Argentina down to the Nahuel Heap National Park. +900m Night in Bariloche.
Day 12: Skitour Refugio Meiling, 2000m
The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. It takes 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the Nahuel Heap National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake. We hike first trough a forest and skin up reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls. + 1000m Night at Refugio Meiling.
Day 13: Skitour Cerro Tronador 3458m, Back to Bariloche
We start early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. We skin up over big, wide glaciers to the Blanco Pass. The last part to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required. Ready for an unforgettable ski run down? +1400m Night in Bariloche.
Day 14: Extra Day
Supplemental Tour Information:
Geography and History of Patagonia
Patagonia is the scene of the world’s great adventures. Even if you know little of the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, el fin del mundo. You picture large silent spaces and windblown solitude.
The first Europeans to lay eyes on this landscape were led by Ferdinand Magellan, who pioneered passage trough the treacherous strait that now bears his name. His expedition named the mainland “Tierra de los Patagones” unwittingly spawning the myth of a race of Patagonian giants.
To the east of the Patagonian Andes, the pampa is an immense desert, by some accounts among the five largest deserts in the world. West of the Andes is another world. Here both the Central Valley and the Coast Range have sunk into the Pacific; what were once glacial valleys are now fjords, and what were once mountaintops ar now islands. Hotsprings lay revealed by coastal erosion while great glaciers further fragment the landscape, necessitating maritime or air travel. Great forests cloak the Andes from the Pacific shoreline to the continental divide, bisected by surging emerald rivers carrying glacial silt to the sea and providing habitat for fearless trout and salmon.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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We are two mountainlovers from two diferent cultures. Federico Arletti a licenced UIAGM mountain guide and ski instructor from Argentina. Ella Alpiger a Swiss ski instructor and UIMLA hiking guide. We love to share our mountain experience with our guests in the Andes and the Alps. We spend January - August in Chamonix...